Leaving a Legacy: What you Should Know When Nearing the End of Your Career 

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When you’re nearing the end of your career, it’s natural to start thinking about your legacy. What will you leave behind? How will you be remembered? What impact did you make in your field?

There are many ways to leave a lasting legacy, so it’s important to choose something that feels right for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Share your skills with the next generation

After a long career, you’ve likely accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience. Why not share this with the next generation? There are many ways to share your skills and knowledge, like teaching classes, running workshops, writing articles, or even self-publishing a book.

Join a mentor program

Whether it’s at work, through a community organization, or online, mentoring offers the opportunity to connect with younger people in your field. You can support someone else as they navigate their own career journey while also passing on your wisdom and experience. This is a great way to give back and make a difference in someone else’s life.


Volunteering is another great way to leave a legacy. You can donate your time and skills to a cause or organization that you’re passionate about, and make a lasting impact. Plus, after years of working in a field, your valuable skills can be put to good use in a variety of ways.

Leave a donation

Another way to ensure your lasting impact is to donate to a cause or professional organization you care about. You can leave the organization something in your will or donate via a different vehicle, such as your permanent life insurance. The guaranteed death benefit of universal life insurance and whole life insurance can be a great way to ensure you can support an organization you care about even after you’re gone.

Start or join a social media group or forum

If you’re looking to connect with a lot of people, you can create or join a career-related social media group. This is a great way to meet with people in your field and share your experience. You can also join online forums to connect with others and offer your advice.

Building your legacy

Whatever you decide, remember that the most important thing is to do something that feels meaningful to you. Having a legacy about making a positive impact. Choose something that will allow you to look back on your career with pride and satisfaction, knowing that you made a difference.

About Carson Derrow

My name is Carson Derrow I'm an entrepreneur, professional blogger, and marketer from Arkansas. I've been writing for startups and small businesses since 2012. I share the latest business news, tools, resources, and marketing tips to help startups and small businesses to grow their business.